Monday, August 23, 2010

First Amendment, People ...

So ... there's this hate group called the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) that advocates for the criminalization of Islam. That's right, SANE wants to make it illegal to be Muslim in this country.

I'll give you a moment to soak in the irony of the group's name.

Done? Good ... in February 2007, the group offered the following resolution:

Whereas, adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US. [sic] Government through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution and the imposition of Shari’a on the American People. . .It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.

That's right ... in claiming how Islam subverts the Constitution, SANE is arguing for the subversion of the Constitution. Forget that whole freedom of religion thing -- that's inconvenient when it comes to peddling hate speech for political purposes. Never mind that the very foundation of America does not allow for the outlawing of a religion -- how can conservatives scare donations out of their mostly white and Christian base if they stuck to the Constitution they claim to love?

As a primer, I offer the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So there you have it ... a supposedly America-loving group wanting to outlaw Islam from America, thus spitting in the face of the very historical document conservatives and their allies claim to adore.

I leave you to bask in the sickening irony.

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